MJD holdout not 'moving the needle' for Khan

Jaguars owner has no concern about holdout running back. Terry McCormick

Print This August 18, 2012, 10:48 AM EST

Maurice Jones-Drew's leverage to try and get a new contract from the Jacksonville Jaguars has been to hold out all of the team's off-season, training camp and, thus far, preseason.

It's a tactic that isn't working, if new Jaguars owner Shahid Khan is to be believed, according to Yahoo Sports.

“Believe me,” Khan said, “on a zero-to-10 level of stress, this doesn’t even move the needle.”

Khan was busy celebrating the debut of receiver Justin Blackmon, who caught a touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert in Friday night's preseason win over the New Orleans Saints, and at least outwardly, the Jones-Drew issue was far from his mind.

He’s not here, and that’s his decision,” Khan said of Jones-Drew, who has two years remaining on the five-year, $31-million deal he signed in 2009. “Believe me, it’s not a great concern. You hope for the best, and you plan for the worst. Our goals for the season don’t change, and if he isn’t here, he isn’t here. I don’t control it. It’s his choice.”

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